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Aug 10, 2013 08:56 |  #1

I'm trying to install Magic Latern on my 5d2 and it won't let me copy the firmware onto the CF card in windows. I know I've updated the firmware before from canon just copying and pasting onto the CF card in windows. I tried formatting the card, no luck. Can it be done?


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Aug 10, 2013 09:12 |  #2

Although it shouldn't be necessary start with the card low level formatted in camera. Then all you should have to do is move the file named 'magiclantern.fir' to the CF card and then "Update firmware" is selected from the menu. The running firmware shuts down, loads the file into RAM and starts it running. Rather than reflashing the ROMs, this new program starts the*camera DryOS boot process*to install itself.

If that doesn't work see if you can move any file to the card just to verify you don't have a PC issue or defective card.




  
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Aug 10, 2013 09:32 |  #3

John from PA wrote in post #16196261 (external link)
If that doesn't work see if you can move any file to the card just to verify you don't have a PC issue or defective card.

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What happens when you try to copy a file? Do you have some crazy write protection on?


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Aug 10, 2013 10:29 |  #4

I tried to copy it to 2 seperate CF cards hooked to my camera with a USB. It says it can't copy the .fir file to the card. I can always drag and drop all of my photos and I know I've put the canon updates .fir file on there before. I'm the admin of the computer too, I tried researching it and everyone days you need a CF card reader?


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Aug 10, 2013 13:49 |  #5

Canon_Shoe wrote in post #16196394 (external link)
I tried to copy it to 2 seperate CF cards hooked to my camera with a USB. It says it can't copy the .fir file to the card. I can always drag and drop all of my photos and I know I've put the canon updates .fir file on there before. I'm the admin of the computer too, I tried researching it and everyone days you need a CF card reader?

I just tried this same thing with my 7D to update from 2.0 to the latest firmware. I plugged the camera into the laptop using the USB cable, and in explorer tried to copy the firmware to the card, it would not let me though. I don't recall the reason it gave me, I too was logged in as admin.

What I ended up doing was just using the EOS utility and it went as smooth as could be.


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Aug 10, 2013 13:49 |  #6

John from PA wrote in post #16196261 (external link)
Although it shouldn't be necessary start with the card low level formatted in camera. Then all you should have to do is move the file named 'magiclantern.fir' to the CF card and then "Update firmware" is selected from the menu. The running firmware shuts down, loads the file into RAM and starts it running. Rather than reflashing the ROMs, this new program starts the*camera DryOS boot process*to install itself.

If that doesn't work see if you can move any file to the card just to verify you don't have a PC issue or defective card.

I can't move any file to the card......it says I don't have permission. I'm hooked to the camera with the USB and the card in the camera


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Aug 10, 2013 18:10 |  #7

Can you borrow a reader? Copy the file that way then insert in camera. Is write protection on the card turned off?




  
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Aug 10, 2013 18:38 |  #8

See if this works.. Just found these instructions to do it without CF reader.

Make sure camera has charged batteries.
Connect camera to computer with USB cable.
Make sure camera has a card inserted.
Start EOS Utility.
Click the Tools icon.
Click the Firmware button.
Click to update Firmware (locate the file you downloaded and the EOS Utility will copy the file to your CF card).
Follow the instructions.


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Aug 10, 2013 19:22 |  #9

davidc502 wrote in post #16197210 (external link)
See if this works.. Just found these instructions to do it without CF reader.

Make sure camera has charged batteries.
Connect camera to computer with USB cable.
Make sure camera has a card inserted.
Start EOS Utility.
Click the Tools icon.
Click the Firmware button.
Click to update Firmware (locate the file you downloaded and the EOS Utility will copy the file to your CF card).
Follow the instructions.

Looks like that's the way to do it, but apparently I need the autoexec.bin transferred on there too which it wouldn't let me do. Guess I'll just buy a reader for $20 and stop being a cheap @$$ :)


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Aug 10, 2013 20:19 |  #10

Canon_Shoe wrote in post #16197286 (external link)
Looks like that's the way to do it, but apparently I need the autoexec.bin transferred on there too which it wouldn't let me do. Guess I'll just buy a reader for $20 and stop being a cheap @$$ :)

No need to transfer anything.

Like I said a few posts up, I had the same problem you are having now, EOS utility was the answer for me, I'm pretty sure it'll work for you too.


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Aug 11, 2013 10:12 |  #11

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No need to transfer anything.

Like I said a few posts up, I had the same problem you are having now, EOS utility was the answer for me, I'm pretty sure it'll work for you too.

Normally it looks like it would, but I'm putting magic latern on my camera and I guess I need the autoexec.bin file on there too


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Aug 11, 2013 10:57 |  #12

Might be some help at http://www.magiclanter​n.fm/forum/index.php?t​opic=2522.0 (external link).




  
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Aug 11, 2013 12:18 |  #13

Canon_Shoe wrote in post #16198450 (external link)
Normally it looks like it would, but I'm putting magic latern on my camera and I guess I need the autoexec.bin file on there too

Sorry I must have glossed over the bit about the stubborn file transfer being Magic Lantern. I just immediately recalled having the same type of issue with the Canon firmware.

That's twice in one day I missed some info provided by the OP, I might need to get an eye exam if this keeps up...


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